Chimp lip smacks hint at human speech evolution

While grooming each other, chimpanzees move their mouths at a rate similar to human speech. It's another clue in the mystery of speech's evolution.

Alice Scott-Warwick • futurity
May 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: evolution language speech chimpanzees communication science-and-technology

Captive apes’ gut microbiomes are a lot like some people’s

The gut microbiomes of apes living in captivity resemble those of some people more than they resemble apes living in the wild.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation chimpanzees gut-bacteria endangered-species earth-and-environment apes

Young male chimps still need their moms

Young male chimpanzees who have their mothers around are more likely to survive later in life, research finds. The same isn't true for chimp daughters.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Feb. 18, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: teenagers parents mothers primates chimpanzees families science-and-technology apes

Chimp sons like to hang with fathers and brothers

Male chimpanzees don't know who their fathers are. But they like to bond and hang out with them anyway.

Rachel Griess-Texas • futurity
Jan. 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: chimpanzees fathers science-and-technology social-lives

Chimps that use tools for complex tasks pass those skills on

Chimpanzees that use tools and complex processes to get at termites are more likely to share those skills with their offspring, researchers report.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Dec. 24, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: conservation chimpanzees learning science-and-technology earth-and-environment

DNA changes made us ‘the fat primates’

Why are humans "the fat primate"? Because of changes in DNA packaging that curbed our body's ability to turn white fat brown, say researchers.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
July 2, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: evolution obesity genes primates chimpanzees featured health-and-medicine body-fat body-weight

Watch: Chimpanzees fish for tiny crabs to eat

Although chimpanzees mostly stick to a vegetarian diet, those in the rainforest also catch and eat crabs.

Beat Müller-U. Zurich • futurity
May 29, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: evolution food chimpanzees fishing science-and-technology crabs predators

National parks in Senegal may save chimps

Gold and iron mining in West Africa eat up space where chimpanzees like to hang out, but national parks may keep them safe.

Kayla Zacharias-Purdue • futurity
March 20, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: chimpanzees endangered-species science-and-technology land national-parks

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